October 21, 2020
Don’t Laugh at Them!
Occasionally, well maybe more than occasionally, the children say things that leave us doing damage to ourselves trying to avoid laughing at that moment…
A few examples:
We took note of a few blessings here from a meeting with specialty teachers evaluating the modified schedule for the pandemic which has them teaching the same groups every day in one wing of the school for three weeks:
I’d like to close with a few things we have learned in the first quarter:
In Christ’s Love,
Sr. Mary Michael, CK
STICK WITH PETER UPDATE
We are just a few days away from finishing our fundraiser. As of Tuesday night, we are less than $1,000 away from our goal! Please help us finish strong by contacting all of your family, friends and neighbors to get us to our goal of $35,000 by Friday!
KB remains the class with the most money donated per child. In 2nd place is 3C and in 3rd place is now 2A. The largest increase per student from the last week goes to 1B and 3A. Keep up the good work! Congratulations to 1B, 3B, and 3C for having 100% class participation! Every little bit helps and the funds go to making St. Peter School the BEST it can be! Go get those donations. For online giving, please donate here or via the included QR code. --The Fundraising Committee
When a class reaches their goal of an average of $100 per person, they may have a free dress day. Congratulations to KA, KB, 1A, 1B, 2A, 3A, 3C, 4A, 5B, 7A, and 7B for reaching this goal! We are working on the 100% participation prize, which will go to 1B, 3B, and 3C so far.
STICK WITH PETER CELEBRATION VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are needed for the Stick with Peter School Celebration tomorrow, Thursday, October 22 from 9:45-11:00 and 12:20-3:15. Most volunteering includes simple tasks and supervision. Even volunteering 45 minutes of your time would be a great help! If you are able to help the children celebrate the hard work they put into the fundraiser, please sign up here. Due to COVID the celebration is spread out and only one class will be in an area at a time. So the groups will be small but throughout the day. Thank you and God Bless. --The Fundraising Committee
LUNCH MENU CHANGE THIS WEEK and NEXT
Due to a funeral here at St. Peter on Friday, the menu for Thursday and Friday will be as follows: Thursday, Oct. 22 – Mini cheese bagels, green beans, fruit, chocolate chip cookie, milk; Friday, Oct. 23 – Hero sandwich, cole slaw, fruit, Sun Chips, milk.
There is also a menu switch for next Monday and Tuesday as follows: Monday, Oct. 26 – Hot dog, whole wheat bun, baked beans, fruit, sherbet, milk; Tuesday, Oct. 27 – Spaghetti, meat sauce, baby carrots, fruit, garlic breadstick, milk.
BISHOP’S DAY OFF/TEACHER WORK DAY
There will be no school for students on Monday, November 2; and Monday, December 7; there will be no school for students.
REPORT CARDS & PSL
On Friday, the first quarter Report Cards will come home with the children. PowerSchool Learning will be temporarily closed. Similar to Pius X, the notification system for each grade addition/change will be permanently turned off.
If you purchased a directory, they are being sent home today. If you missed the ordering process, they are $3 each. Send your funds to the office, and we will send a directory home. God bless.
St. Peter School is participating in the SCIP (School Community Intervention & Prevention) program. SCIP is designed to bring together families, school, and the community to support student behavioral and emotional health. SCIP offers resources, trainings, and events to provide education and raise awareness for teachers, counselors, and all those who serve our community, including our parents! If you would like to learn more about SCIP, the website is https://scipnebraska.com/.
Please check out this flyer for action steps regarding COVID screening, cases, and re-admittance. In the event of a new case of COVID, a letter will be sent to all notifying you of the situation. Due to privacy assurances, we will not be able to state who is ill, nor in what grade or wing they are in. We appreciate your respect for the privacy of all who may be involved. Let us respond in charity and compassion, when our school is impacted directly, as it most likely will be.
CELL PHONE POLICY EXTENSION
Starting last week, students in grades four and five were asked to turn in their cell phones to a central spot in their classroom during the school day. This is not a punishment, but simply a way to protect our educational environment. In grades six through eight, a similar policy has been in place for years and has worked beautifully. We do not encourage cell phone possession but understand the need for a means for communication in some families.
DREXEL ASSISTANCE FUND
Thank you for your donations. Due to the new hot lunch program, two have donated their lunch money to this Drexel Fund, and we would love to see more! This fund is named after St. Katherine Drexel who contributed magnanimously to the education of the underprivileged. We have students with financial need for things like glasses, lunch money for occasional doubles, uniforms, etc. If you would consider contributing to the fund, we would appreciate your help. If you’d like to help, please send a check to the office, marked Drexel Fund and we promise to make very good use of your charity.
All Saints Parties will be held as usual, but we will not be asking parents to be physically present to help (other than in first grade for the parade). The parade will be Zoomed to classrooms, so that all children can enjoy the annual event.
MENTAL HEALTH MINUTE
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center at CSS launched a “Mental Health Minute” each Monday that is child/family related. Here is the next one: Mental Health Minute: The Power of Perception by Dr. Courtney K. Miller. The IHMCC website also contains resources and additional information about their services.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
Mondays are the day assigned to our parish to have a presence at Planned Parenthood. Join us if you are able.
OUTDOOR CELEBRATION OF THE SAINTS
Instead of the annual Celebration of the Saints at Villa Regina Motherhouse, the Sisters have planned an Outdoor Celebration of the Saints (the Sunday before Halloween). Stop by anytime between 1:00-2:30pm on October 25 for some fun activities. And dress up in your Saint costume! Click on Saints for all the details.
Dine to Donate Chipotle is hosting a Dine-to-Donate night to benefit St. Peter’s TONIGHT from 4:00-8:00pm, 2801 Pine Lake Road location. Chipotle will donate 33% of the proceeds back to St. Peter’s! You MUST mention St. Peter or show the event flyer for your order to count. Online pickup (NOT for delivery) using code 2JV2BWT will also count toward our fundraiser. Click on Chipotle for the flyer. Please use Scrip, and you will be helping our school twice! Thanks for your support.
Scrip Sales for October 12-18 were $7,940 with a profit of $282.
E-Scrip is sent home on the 1st and 16th of the month. To sign up or make changes to your order, please fill out and return the E-Scrip registration form through your child's backpack, or contact Scrip Coordinator Bridget Paseka at 402-480-5463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scrip Volunteers for October 24/25 Masses: 4:00pm Lance/Barbara Wagner, 8:00am Mike/Cheryl Thiele, 9:30am Heather Waite, 11:00am Chananne Slepicka. Thank you!
VOLUNTEER NURSE NEEDED
We are in need of a volunteer nurse on Wednesdays and some Fridays. The hours are 9:00am-1:00pm, or hours that work with your schedule. It is not required that you be a nurse, but a medical background is helpful. If interested or have questions, please contact the school at 402-421-6299 or email@example.com.
ALL SOULS DAY and ALL SAINTS DAY ROSES
Orders for All Souls Day and All Saints Day roses are due with payment by Friday, October 23. You may drop your order form in the box on the Scrip counter. --Sponsored by St Therese the Little Flower Circle
CK SISTERS OUTDOOR FALL WORKDAY
Saturday, October 24, 1:30-4:30pm, we will be planting shrubs and trees, cleaning up our vegetable garden and cutting trees. Helpful items to bring include shovels, gloves, pickups and chainsaws. Please bring masks for work in proximity to others. Children are also welcome! Mark your calendars now and contact Sister Mary Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to come and help (walk-ins also welcome). Villa Regina Motherhouse, 4100 SW 56th St., about two miles west and south of Pioneers Park. Click on Workday for detailed flyer.
If you will have a Kindergartener for Fall 2021, please stop by the office and fill out a “Pre-Application for Kindergarten” form or the office can send you the form; email Margaret-Aldridge@cdolinc.net.
We have an advanced signup process for preschool. Finding quality preschool and care for your little ones requires advanced planning. Sign them up well in advance—see the office staff for details or email Margaret-Aldridge@cdolinc.net.
SEND IN BOXTOPS NOW
If you have any BoxTops to send in, please do so by Monday, October 26 because our first deadline to mail in BoxTops logos is October 31. Please neatly trim around the logo and check to make sure the logo hasn’t expired. BoxTops has phased out printed logos on products but will still honor any clipped tops as long as they are not expired.
🚫✂️ No more clipping. No more sending BoxTops to school.
📱 All you need is your phone!
⬇️ Download the ALL-NEW BoxTops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products.
💵 The app will automatically credit St. Peter's BoxTops earnings online.
ST. PETER TRUNK OR TREAT
Join us for St. Peter Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 30 from 6:30-8:30pm. This is open to the community, so please invite your neighbors to join us. For your safety, face masks are required for all participants. If you are interested in hosting a trunk, click on Trunk or Treat. The Health Department has put out a flyer on how to “Celebrate Halloween Safely.” Click Halloween for the safety tips.
SFA leadership has decided not to sponsor a “trunk”. If any school parent would like to sponsor a trunk, please let us know, you are welcome to do so.
If the COVID risk dial reaches red this Friday or next Friday or the city cancels trick or treating, then this event will be cancelled.
● All volunteers hosting a trunk will be required to wear a mask and gloves to distribute candy
● All participants will be required to wear a mask
● There will be at least 2 parking spaces between each car
● Trunks will be facing the same direction
● Participants will only be allowed to go through once
● Families will be able to go through together, and only one family per trunk at a time
● Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrance and exit
● Knights will help keep spacing and keep the line moving
● Knights will have some extra masks and gloves on hand in case someone forgets to bring them
OCTOBER PRO-LIFE DIAPER DRIVE
The 11th annual pro-life diaper drive conducted by the Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW) is underway. The LDCCW is an organization of all Catholic women in the Diocese of Lincoln. The annual diaper drive collects donations for pregnancy centers in the Lincoln Diocese, and Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska. This year’s goal is to collect 90,000 diapers during the month of October. Diapers may be dropped off in the church entry – sizes 4, 5 and 6 are in greatest demand, and need has escalated this year during the pandemic. If you would like to make a cash donation, mail it to Kay Wessel (3600 W. Wittstruck Rd, Martell, NE 68404). Checks should be made payable to Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW). Questions? Contact LaDonna at 402-421-9333.
BACKGROUND SCREEN/SAFE ENVIRONMENT
The Diocese requires all faculty, staff, and volunteers for any event to complete the online Safe Environment (SE) training yearly and background screens every five years. Please check with the school office first (402-421-6299 or email@example.com) to find out your dates of completion to determine if you need a background screen, SE training, or both.
Please remember to bring food on Fridays for Catholic Social Services. The children also have a mission collection weekly. We encourage children to bring a little of their own money, or to do an extra job for which they can earn funds to give to the Missionary Childhood Association. Money will be sent directly to the front office for sanitary reasons.
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